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Concealing the Wires of Battery Operated Mini Lights in a Dollhouse Attic

For months I have been kicking around the idea of a including a bathroom in the Victoria’s Farmhouse dollhouse. When I first started building, I did not want to include one in this house. I had too many other rooms that I needed to decorate. Then I started thinking about all of the cute accessories that I can make for a bathroom. THEN it took me weeks more to settle on a design. So many options and so few dollhouses.

string lights installed in a dollhouse bathroom.

Now that I have the bathroom under way, let me show you how I’m working the lighting fixtures. You may recall that I said that I am totally over 12 volt wiring on a dollhouse. There are already a couple battery operated LEDs installed as well and now I am switching to a different way of lighting the rooms. Three different lighting installments. Yep, this first house has been a learning house for me to be sure. Anyway, I’ve decided to use a battery operated mini light string for the attic. This top floor will contain a bathroom and a large craft/art room, both of which need lights.

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Food · Recipes

Savory Keto Sandwich Bread with Pepitas and Walnuts

Our high summer temperatures are finally breaking and it is beginning to feel like fall at last. Yippee! We can start up the ovens again. That means homemade bread! I can think of no other comfort food that brings back such fond childhood memories as warm, straight out of the oven bread topped with real butter. Yum!

The cool thing about this bread is that it does not taste eggy like some Keto recipes. It also has a beautiful texture- just like the bread that you are used to seeing.

Savory Keto sandwich bread

The initial recipe for this bread comes from All Recipes. It was listed as the BEST Keto bread. I thought that it could be even better by making it a little more savory. Adding the “Everything bagel” spice mix, walnuts and roasted pepitas did the trick. I LOVE the onion/ garlic flavor of the Everything bagel mix, but, of course, that is optional as well. If you are interested, check out the reader comments on the bread at Allrecipes.com for more variations.

Keto sandwich bread with egg salad
Keto sandwich made with egg salad

Walnuts and peptitas do add a few carbs to the overall count, but not enough to keep me from eating a couple slices when I’m craving a sandwich.

Hearty Keto bread with walnuts and pepitas

  • Servings: 16 slices
  • Difficulty: easy
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The Everything bagel spice mix along with the walnuts and pepitas are completely optional. Without them the bread is still excellent for sandwiches. If you do not use the spice mix, add 1/2 tsp salt to the dry ingredients.

  • 6 eggs at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted and cooled
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1/2 cup almond meal
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup roasted, salted pepitas
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 tbs garlic powder
  • 2 tbs Everything spice mix (the one that you use to make Everything bagels)
  • 1/2 tsp Xanthan Gum

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a loaf pan with non-stick, non-aerosol spray. (I like the avocado oil)

Whisk eggs in a bowl until smooth and creamy- about 3 minutes. Add melted butter and olive oil until well combined.

Combine the rest of the ingredients in a bowl- mix well. Add gradually into the egg bowl, mixing to form a thick batter.

Pour batter into loaf pan and smooth top with a spatula.

Bake about 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Run a dinner knife around the edges and tip the bread out onto a cooling rack.

Enjoy . ❤

Food · Recipes

Loaded Cauliflower (low carb, Keto)

Go ahead- treat yourself to a dish that is just as yummy and loaded as baked potatoes. Does it taste like potatoes? No, but I promise you, this version is just as delicious and satisfying, but without the high carb count. Add a simple salad and you will have a beautiful, complete meal with very little fuss.

Loaded low carb casserole

One note before I share the recipe- I have seen this done as mashed cauliflower, but I prefer chunky, hearty foods and not those that have been pureed to within an inch of their life. If you would rather mash for a creamy casserole, then by all means, go ahead. This casserole will still be just as delicious.

OK, one more note- if you do not have an oven, just use your microwave to first cook the cauliflower, as per instructions, and then proceed to cook all of the ingredients together after you have combined them. No oven? No reason not to enjoy a good meal.

Loaded cauliflower bake – low carb, Keto

Loaded Cauliflower

  • Servings: 6-8
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1 head of cauliflower
  • 6 slices bacon cooked to a crisp and broken into small pieces ( you can substitute a good brand of
    bacon bits if you don’t have fresh bacon on hand)
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • sour cream and cut chives for topping

Preheat oven to 350°. Grease a baking dish with Ghee or you can use a nonstick, non-aerosol spray if you like. Pure avocado oil has a neutral taste and works well.

Chop cauliflower into small pieces. Place it along with 1/4 cup water into a microwave safe dish. Microwave on high for about 6 minutes. Remove and drain cauliflower. Pat with a towel to get rid of excess water.

Add all of the ingredients to a mixing bowl to combine.

Bake in a prepared oven safe casserole dish for 20 minutes or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.

Top with sour cream, chives and more bacon bits if you like. Serve warm.

That is it! One easy recipe to enjoy! ❤

Food · Recipes

How to make Mini Pavlovas Keto Style

Besides Keto, what other diet allows you to eat sweetened pastries made with whole cream cheese and not gain weight? This is crazy. The only time that I have gained a bit of my lost weight back is when I completely dumped the program and binged on food from Mexican restaurants all week. (To be honest, I only did that once and then felt so bloated and awful that I happily jumped back on the Keto wagon as soon as the house guests were gone.)

I have been on NO other diet where I could eat sweet fruit Pavlovas. Of course, only berries are recommended fruits on a Keto plan. But those work for me. Berries are a visual treat and they taste great so I do not feel deprived at all.

Strawberries pureed into the cream cheese mixture
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It’s tea time! Everything you need to know about hosting a casual tea party.

I read somewhere that tea parties are comprised of choosing your best tea set, selecting the perfect flowers, setting a beautiful table, performing the ritual of steeping a lovely blend and spending hours dedicated to this elegant ceremony. It would, it seems, make one slow down and cherish each and every moment of the activity.

Guess what? I LOVE a tea party, but I don’t spend hours dedicated to it. OK, maybe I do, but in a really fun, creative cooking and decorating way. So, here is the run down on what is sure to make your tea party a success.

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Faked Ziti Keto-Style

I LOVE just about any tomato dish with pasta in it. This ziti has no pasta in it, so it was a surprise to me that it is just as delicious with only meat, cheese and veggies. And it is, like any ziti, easy to whip up, perfect for a Keto meal.

My mom used to make lasagna with cottage cheese rather than ricotta. I still like that down-home taste of Mama’s cooking so that is what my recipe calls for. If you like ricotta better, use that instead.

Ziti with cauliflower, zucchini and Italian sausage
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DIY · Dollhouse miniatures

Weathering Dollhouse Shingles

Well, I just stepped back to take a look at my new stone foundation, and WHAT?! I love the grey color of the stone, but now the roof shingles are way too dark and heavy. Grrr…1 step forward, two steps back.

Dark shingles with a light rock foundation. It looks totally unbalanced.
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